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MDH: How to avoid waterborne illness

The Minnesota Department of Health is warning swimmers to take steps to avoid contracting waterborne diseases this summer.

There were a record number of outbreaks reported last year, a majority of which were caused by the chlorine-resistant parasite Cryptosporidium. The most common symptom is diarrhea, sometimes requiring hospitalization.

The MDH offers the following tips to prevent the spread of disease in pools and lakes:

• Don't swim when you have diarrhea

• Don't swallow pool or lake water.

• Practice good hygiene

• Shower with soap before swimming

• Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers

• Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often

• Change diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside or beachside